Lying or being across, or in a crosswise direction; athwart; often opposed to longitudinal.

<geometry> Transverse axis (of an ellipse or hyperbola), that axis which passes through the foci.

<botany> Transverse partition, a partition, as of a pericarp, at right angles with the valves, as in the siliques of mustard.

Origin: L. Transversus, p. P. Of transvertere to turn on direct across; trans across + vertere to turn: cf. F. Transverse. See Verse, and cf. Traverse.

1. Anything that is transverse or athwart.

2. <geometry> The longer, or transverse, axis of an ellipse.

(01 Mar 1998)